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Chula Vista council accepts homeless tent FEMA trailers

A site for the tent has not yet been selected; hundreds of residents oppose move

Chula Vista City Council members on Tuesday unanimously accepted a large tented homeless shelter that had been used in San Diego for the past two years and 10 FEMA trailers provided by the state to shelter homeless families.

The tent had provided shelter to clients of Veterans Villages of San Diego and is valued at about $300,000, and Chula Vista will be responsible for about $250,000 in installation, maintenance and other costs, according to a city staff report. The trailers are valued at between $150,000 and $300,000.

The shelter will require about eight weeks to be dismantled and moved from its site in the Midway area of San Diego, but it’s unclear when it will be reconstructed or where it would go. A site for the structure has not been identified, though a staff member said a lot on Broadway and Faivier Street that is zoned for limited industrial use is a possible location.

Improvements also will have to be made to the site and an operator hired before it can open. The shelter could hold up 200 people, but Chula Vista would start at a smaller scale, a staff member said.

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